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Derek Draper, a Briton who has been in Intensive Care Unit battling Covid-19 for over a year has returned home and was reunited with his children.
The wife,Kate Garraway gives an emotional account of the re-union.
Appearing on Friday’s episode of Good Morning Britain, the journalist revealed that daughter Darcey, 15, and son Billy, 11, were overwhelmed as they saw their father, while Derek immediately burst into tears at the reunion.
Kate added that Derek is ‘aware’ that he’s home and ‘is responding all the time’ but he is unable to talk as she tearfully recalled moments from the last few days, including setting the table for four people instead of three, after a year of it being just her and the children at home.
She recalled: ‘When we came in the door and pulled up, I could see Darcey and Billy looking out the window and they ran out and ran to the door and he immediately burst into tears and there was a lot of hugging.
‘He knew he was home. He is responding all the time, what he’s not able to do is talk. But he is responding and aware where he is. There have been so many lovely little moments – he can swallow a little bit now so I said “lets get you round the table for a little bit.”‘
She said that it felt ‘like the start of a new chapter but a really really big important one’, remarking on the significance of setting the dinner table for four instead of three.
Kate began to well up as she spoke about making Derek one of her casseroles, explaining: ‘As I was laying out the plates I realised I was laying out four, it makes me cry now, and Darcey was saying, “Oh, we’re going to put four spoons down“.
‘And Billy was like, “Have we got enough mash?“ I said, “Yes, I don’t think dad’s going to be eating that much,“ but he suddenly remembered dad’s old portions.
‘We weren’t all sitting around the dinner table, we just constructed a version of it. It just feels like the start of a huge chapter, but a really big and important one. It’sh a silly little thing but it was just oh my goodness. It’s massive’.
Discussing Derek’s ongoing health needs, she explained: ‘He can’t really move, he needs a lot of help. It’s 24/7 care. I haven’t really slept as you can probably tell.
‘It’s a new team now helping him and working with him. It’s going to take a lot of adjustment. On top of the care side there’s also the therapeutic side. This isn’t just for us, but helping it will prompt some recovery’.
The TV presenter, 53, has had their family home adapted so that Derek, also 53, could come back and receive round-the-clock care at their North London property. Kate is now believed to be facing medical bills costing her tens of thousands.
Former lobbyist Derek has now been taken off all hospital machines, but his family have been warned he still has a long way to go to recover from the virus.